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On 2/5/2020 I presented a 3-hour workshop based on my first book, The ABCs of Autism in the Classroom: Setting the Stage for Success, at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2020 Special Education Convention & Expo in Portland, Oregon. It was wonderful to meet so many inspiring special education teachers there - and if you know me, you know that teachers are among my favorite people in the world!

On 12/11/2019 I presented The ABCs of Autism in the Classroom: Setting the Stage for Success in Harlingen, Texas for Team Mario's 2019 autism conference. It was an honor to hear and share the stage with Dr. Stephen Shore. I got to stay over for the second day and meet and hear Michelle Garcia-Winner. She was awesome! Team Mario is doing wonderful work with many projects and resources in southern Texas, and it was great to meet Melinda Moreno and her awesome team.

(Stephen Shore speaking 2/11/2019)

(with Michelle Garcia-Winner 12/12/2019)

On 9/28/2019 I delivered a day-long autism training for teachers in the Greater New Orleans area, sponsored by the YMCA Y-CUBS, Children's United Benefits and Services. In the morning we covered behavioral strategies from The ABCs of Autism in the Classroom: Setting the Stage for Success and in the afternoon we looked to the future with tips for preparing students for life after graduation. The teachers and Y-CUBS staff I met were amazing! I loved my first trip to NOLA, and hope to go back some day.

(selfie with teachers at Y-CUBS in NOLA)

(speaking at Y-CUBS in NOLA 9/28/2019)

(with Temple Grandin 5/24/2019)

On 5/24/2019 I had a wonderful time speaking in Los Angeles, about my first book, The ABCs of Autism in the Classroom: Setting the Stage for Success. It was an honor to share the stage with Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Jim Ball, and I met many wonderful people. Great memories!

On 11/8/2018 I had a great time presenting a workshop on “Preparing Autistic Students for Adulthood: Investing in Their Future” at the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) Convention in San Diego, CA. What a beautiful setting!

The next day, on 11/9/2018, I presented “The ABCs of Autistic Behaviors in the Classroom: Investing in Success,” also at the CASP Convention in San Diego. I met so many awesome school psychologists there! I had such a wonderful time, I can hardly wait for CASP 2019!

On 10/12/2018 I had a wonderful time presenting a workshop for the Oregon School Psychologists Association (OSPA) Conference at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes, "The ABCs of Autistic Behaviors in the Classroom: Wellness at Work." Everyone was so friendly and kind, my workshop was full and well-received, and Bend, Oregon, and the drive from Salem to Bend, is absolutely beautiful! It was especially fun to catch up with Soveyra Rosas, a friend and former student, who also moved from California to Oregon. Thanks for the photos, Sovi!

8/3/2018 to 8/5/2018 I had a great time at Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Oregon. It was fun teaching my class, "From Retiree to Writer: One Author's Story," and meeting so many old and new friends. There were great keynote speakers, and I bought many of their books. What a thrill to see my own book displayed in the Barnes & Noble room, and to participate in the Book Signing Party Saturday night. Here I am signing my first book for super-teacher Jennifer Ransom. I've loved volunteering at WWC for the last 15 years or so, and I'm already forward to next year's conference!

I spent May 24-27, 2018 at the International Association of Behavior Analysts (ABAI)44th Annual Convention in San Diego, CA. Had a wonderful time presenting, "How to Talk to Teachers to Increase Procedural Fidelity in Classrooms" and hearing many excellent speakers. Beautiful weather, but it's always good to be back home!

From the 23rd through the 26th of April, 2018, I was with Diane Cords Hagood at Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School in California, delivering a district-wide training on “Autism: from Awareness to Acceptance.” Bass Lake is a beautiful community near Yosemite National Park. I got to meet just about everyone in the district, including teachers, administrators, parents, 6th – 8th grade students, clerical staff, paraprofessionals working in classrooms, on playgrounds and in the cafeteria, bus drivers, and even local law enforcement. What a wonderful group of people, dedicated to serving students, families, and community. Special thanks to Lydia, Sheila, Carol, Whitney and Stefan, and especially to Diane for hosting and orchestrating everything so perfectly. The four-day event ran like clockwork! It’s always great fun to work with Diane and to spend time in California again.

3/9/2018 - I attended CalABA (California Association of Behavior Analysts) at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. It was great to hear so many excellent speakers, and such fun to have lunch and catch up with Rebecca Meyer, BCBA, Merced County Office of Education.


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